Google Has Forced YouTube Vanced To Shut Down ‘Due To Legal Reasons’

The popular Vanced YouTube app will soon be discontinued. This decision has been made after a legal threat from Google. The creators of Vanced have stated that the project will be halted in the coming days, with download links to be removed. The people who have it downloaded on Android will have the app. However, it will stop working soon too. Any further updates will not be available either. The Vanced owners state that it must be done “due to legal reasons.”

Google sent the Vanced owners a cease-and-desist letter recently, which has forced the developers to stop distributing and developing the app. “We were asked to remove all references to ‘YouTube’, change the logo, and remove all links related to YouTube products,” says an admin from the Vanced team.

Vanced is a popular third-party YouTube app for Android. It had become quite famous because it enables YouTube users to block all video ads on YouTube without a Premium subscription. Vanced also includes a true black theme and customizations that cannot be found in the official YouTube for Android app.

Vanced is the latest casualty in Google’s action against third-party apps that access YouTube. Google-owned YouTube forced two popular Discord music bots offline last year, before starting to test ad-supported YouTube integration into Discord just weeks later. The popular Rythm and Groovy Discord music bots also avoided ads on the service, allowing Discord users to listen to music together.

“Vanced has been discontinued,” reads a Telegram message from the Vanced owners. “We know this is not something you wanted to hear, but it’s something we need to do.” We’ve reached out to Google to comment on the discontinuation of Vanced, and we’ll update you accordingly.

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